Is your child playing a sport this year or marching in their school’s band? Don’t forget that the state’s UIL rule requires that they have a physical examination before participating.
WHAT IS SPORTS OR MARCHING BAND PHYSICAL?
The PPE is an exam that helps determine whether it’s safe for your child to participate in a certain sport or marching band (new 2019 UIL rule). Generally the same as a school physical or summer camp physical. The test evaluates if children have any restrictions on the activity level, so the medical provider makes a medical history review and physical examination. Inform your child’s healthcare provider about any allergies, medications, relevant illnesses and hospitalizations.
WHY ARE THESES PHYSICALS SO IMPORTANT?
They increase awareness of any health problems that may impede with your child’s ability to participate in physical activities.
The mission is to guarantee your child’s safety, which is something our pediatricians take very seriously. Concerns during this physical exam sometimes warrant a referral to a specialist for further evaluation.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR CHILD’S YOUTH PHYSICAL?
The doctor will your child’s:
- Height and weight.
- Blood pressure.
- Heart rate
- Abdomen, lungs, nose, heart, and throat
- Vision and hearing.
- Look at posture, coordination, flexibility, reflexes, and strength.
- Girls may be asked about their menstrual cycle.
- Past injuries review to identify if your child may be prone to injury.
It’s important for parents to discuss any concerns.
At the end of the PPE, the provider will sign the form to demonstrate that your child can participate in sport or marching band activities, with or without certain restrictions.